Created By: Elyandarin on October 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Antigone3 on August 31, 2014
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Mars Wants Chocolate

Aliens are interested in Earth specifically for its rich Candy preserves

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Former title: We Have Come For Your Chocolate, edited into something less dialogue-y

Will launch after the US Labor Day holiday, last call for examples!

Earth is not the center of the universe, but nonetheless it is special - we have a precious commodity. No, not our nubile Earth women. Something better.

Snacks.

Turns out, our common comestible X is an Impossibly Delicious Food to aliens, who go to absurd lengths to acquire it. UFO:s? Smuggling candy past border checks. Alien abductions? Happens because humans might have hershey bars in their pockets. Cattle mutilations? Aliens will NOT give up until they figure out how to extract chocolate milk.

Chocolate is a common target, but almost any Earth snack food can be used here.

Related to Alien Catnip, Alien Arts Are Appreciated, No Biochemical Barriers.

Compare Trademark Favorite Food, Spice of Life, I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin, One Man's Trash Is Another's Treasure, Alien Lunch.

Chocolate might be a Power-Up Food to the aliens, but if they need it to power their spaceships, it's What Do You Mean, It's Phlebotinum?.

Examples

Chocolate-specific

Anime and Manga

Comic Book

Literature
  • In the Young Wizards series, chocolate has a variety of effects on different alien species; it acts as a drug for some, but others just like how it tastes. It's also why UFOs really visit Earth. Carmela forces an entire battalion of aliens to back down by threatening a wrapped chocolate bar in the eighth book.
  • In The Company Novels, chocolate (referred to as Theobromos) is the only thing that can intoxicate the time-traveling operatives, and thus you get things like one character having a "dealer" in premium chocolate.

Live-Action Television
  • John Crichton of Farscape's reason to get back to earth - in spite of the fact that it's full of diseases: You guys have no chocolate.

Web Original
  • Tennyo from the Whateley Universe pays aliens a fortune for what turns out to be a Hershey bar, smuggled from Earth at great cost.

Western Animation


Other Consumables

Comic Book
  • In Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire it turns out that the main reason most alien species put up with humanity's presence is...popsicles.
  • In a non-canonical issue of Marvel Team Up Peter Parker's Aunt May feeds Galactus Grosstest Twinkles, which he finds extremely fulfilling. She rescues Earth (and the rest of the universe) by finding him a cosmic baker who makes planet sized Twinkles.

Literature
  • In Animorphs, Ax imagines that one day the other Andalites will come to earth just to eat the cinnamon buns. Having a mouth makes him go crazy for everything but those are his favorite.
  • In I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, the aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
  • In Roger Zelazny's This Immortal, the aliens view original-formula Coca-Cola as humanity's second-greatest contribution to galactic culture. The first being a new and interesting problem in the social sciences, namely, what to do with a species who managed to ruin their own homeworld. (They also apparently appreciate poetry).
  • Hal Clement's Ice World. Aliens (who live at a much higher temperature than humans) discover that burning tobacco is an extremely powerful and addictive drug to them. They violate their civilization's laws to smuggle it off Earth.
  • Fat Men from Space by Daniel Pinkwater has Earth being invaded by aliens who look like fat men and steal all the junk food on the planet. Pinkwater's plunderers are particularly partial to potato pancakes.

Newspaper Comics
  • In one Calvin and Hobbes comic, Calvin disguises himself as an alien.
    Calvin: Our planet is dying. We need cookies to survive. Do not interfere or you will be destroyed.
    Calvin's Mom: We'll see about that. Get back here.

Web Comic
  • In ''Vexxarr the Bleen conquered a quarter of the galaxy for cake, though apparently every carbon-based species (except Lattrox) makes it.
    • The Mahakalosians find that they like Oreos so much that they design a more efficient means of lifting mass into orbit for humanity just so they can ship more cookies.

Western Animation
  • In Futurama one of Earth's more notable creations is apparently the pizza bagel.
  • Cartoon Network had a Cross Through event in which each of the network's top shows had an alien invasion plot. What were the aliens after? Cheese.

Community Feedback Replies: 60
  • October 21, 2012
    Elyandarin
    This might be too specific - should it be broadened to cover all food, or Earth-specific trade goods in general, like music videos, fine china or porn?
  • October 21, 2012
    McKathlin
    I'd second broadening this trope. That said, I'm surprised and impressed that so many examples were found just for chocolate.
  • October 21, 2012
    dvorak
    No examples, but this is too funny not to support.
  • October 22, 2012
    Frank75
    Don't we have a trope for "aliens want Earth's resources"? If yes, this should be a subtrope. If it is/becomes a trope.
  • October 22, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Futurama one of Earth's more notable creations is apparently the pizza bagel.
  • October 22, 2012
    MattStriker
  • October 22, 2012
    m8e
  • October 22, 2012
    lexicon
    Maybe chocolate can be in the title but this should be more broad than just chocolate. It sould be about anything that we don't find particulatly valuable so we're surprised to find that they love it.

    • In Animorphs Ax imagined that one day the other Andalites would come to earth just to eat the cinnamon buns. Having a mouth makes him go crazy for everything but those are his favorite.
  • October 22, 2012
    m8e
  • October 22, 2012
    Bisected8
    ^ That sounds like a perspective flip of Not Rare Over There.
  • October 22, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • October 23, 2012
    Arivne
    I agree with expanding this trope to cover Earthly things that aliens consider extremely valuable/desirable but humans don't.

    Literature
    • Hal Clement's Ice World. Aliens (who live at a much higher temperature than humans) discover that burning tobacco is an extremely powerful and addictive drug to them. They violate their civilization's laws to smuggle it off Earth.
    • Elliott S. Maggin's ''Superman: Last Son of Krypton". Aliens highly prize photocopy machines, but since Xerox will rent them out but not sell them, they steal the machines instead.
  • October 23, 2012
    FantasyLiver
    Martian Manhunter loves Chocos...not sure if this counts
  • October 23, 2012
    DracMonster
    We already have the general "aliens want our mundane stuff" trope as Alien Arts Are Appreciated. This would be a Sub Trope, if it has enough examples to work. Everythings Better With Chocolate, so I support it. :)

    We Have Come For Your Chocolate seems good to me. Maybe "Junk Food" to expand to candy in general though.

  • October 23, 2012
    SKJAM
    One issue of the 1970s Shazam comic book had aliens invade Earth for its chocolate and candy--only to learn the concept of cavities.
  • October 23, 2012
    jbrecken
    Something around the theme of "Martians Want Mars Bars," maybe?
  • October 23, 2012
    FastEddie
  • October 30, 2012
    lexicon
    When this is launched it should be put on the index One Mans Trash Is Anothers Treasure. Junk food isn't exactly trash but I think it's the same idea.
  • December 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    "Earth is not the center of the universe, but nonetheless it is special - we have a precious commodity."

    But Earth is the center of the universe - the rich, creamy nougat.

    • In a non-canonical issue of Marvel Team Up Peter Parker's Aunt May feeds Galactus Grosstest Twinkles, which he finds extremely fulfilling. She rescues Earth (and the rest of the universe) by finding him a cosmic baker who makes planet sized Twinkles.
  • December 30, 2012
    Desertopa
    In I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, the aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
  • January 23, 2013
    lexicon
    Is this Up For Grabs?
  • January 23, 2013
    Elyandarin
    I left it for a few months after my laptop got stolen on my trip in Europe, but I'm back now. Ideally, I'd like it to gather a few more hats/comments - but if I haven't launched it by February, you can assume I forgot about it again and go ahead.
  • January 23, 2013
    McKathlin
    I second the name Mars Wants Candy.
  • January 23, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    In Animorphs, getting a Cinabun franchise on their planet was actually part of the terms of the treaty between humanity and the Andalites.

    In real life, there is a tshirt that says "Save the Earth, it's the only planet with chocolate"
  • January 23, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • Pedro's Wacky Adventures from Boy's Life Magazine has an inversion of this: Ordep plans to take over the Roman Empire by bringing them chocolate, which they've never tasted.
  • January 23, 2013
    Desertopa
    I'm not sure that it's worth splitting the chocolate examples from all the others, but I think We Have Come For Your Chocolate is a good name. Maybe We Have Come For Your Candy.

    When deciding between equally comprehensible names, I'll pretty much always side with one that's not a snowclone.
  • January 23, 2013
    lexicon
    I like We Have Come For Your Chocolate too. I don't think it takes away from the other candy. I read 'chocolate' and instantly thought of the cinnamon buns that Ax from Animorphs loves. It is interesting that half the examples are chocolate though.

    OP, you know that One Mans Trash Is Anothers Treasure isn't a comparable trope, but an index, right? It looks on the page as if it's a trope.
  • January 23, 2013
    FastEddie
    No names that sound like dialog. It will be cut if launched with one.
  • January 23, 2013
    lexicon
    I wasn't even thinking about that but you're right. Okay how about Aliens Want Chocolate?
  • January 23, 2013
    1810072342
    How about naming it Take Me To Your Freezer?
  • January 24, 2013
    lexicon
    Anything that is in first person sounds like dialog so no 'me' or 'your' or 'we' or 'I'.
  • January 24, 2013
    GeminiSparkSP
    The premise of a Malaysian cartoon called BoBoiBoy is this. You got a bunch of superhero kids defending the earth from aliens who wants to steal chocolate to power up their robots. It's Better Than It Sounds.
  • January 24, 2013
    cygnavamp
    How about Mars Needs Chocolate?
  • July 7, 2014
    Alucard
    Perhaps related to I Was Told There Would Be Cake?
  • July 7, 2014
    zarpaulus
    What is the dividing line between this trope and Alien Catnip?

    Because I see at least four examples on this page that act as drugs to the aliens.
  • July 7, 2014
    henke37
    • Lilo And Stich The Series: The chocolate selling competition episode ends with Gantu buying the last bar because it is a miracle cure it all.
  • July 8, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    In one Calvin And Hobbes comic, Calvin disguises himself as an alien.
    Calvin: Our planet is dying. We need cookies to survive. Do not interfere or you will be destroyed.
    Calvin's Mom: We'll see about that. Get back here.
  • July 8, 2014
    Snicka
    Well, we have Mars Needs Women and soon Mars Needs Water, so Mars Needs Chocolate is just logical in this pattern.
  • July 8, 2014
    Paycheckgurl
  • July 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Thing is, who's managing this?
  • July 10, 2014
    zarpaulus
    • In Vexxarr the Bleen conquered a quarter of the galaxy for cake, though apparently every carbon-based species (except Lattrox) makes it.
      • The Mahakalosians find that they like Oreos so much that they design a more efficient means of lifting mass into orbit for humanity just so they can ship more cookies.
  • July 11, 2014
    Snicka
    Planet Looters should be mentioned in the description.
  • July 11, 2014
    Arivne
    Fourthing Mars Needs Chocolate.

    At this rate we're going to need a Mars Tropes index... :)
  • July 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ We already have Alien Tropes
  • July 11, 2014
    TonyG
    Cartoon Network had a Cross Through event in which each of the network's top shows had an alien invasion plot. What were the aliens after? Cheese.
  • July 11, 2014
    SolariusScorch
    I think We Have Come For your Chocolate has more comic value than Mars Needs Chocolate, and besides in most cases it's simply not true that "Mars Needs Chocolate" - they want it, but hardly need it.
  • July 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ have you ever heard of No New Stock Phrases?
  • July 11, 2014
    Bisected8
  • July 11, 2014
    DAN004
    Mars Needs Chocolate is okay, but maybe Aliens Invade For Sweets is better.
  • July 11, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Some of these have not been added.
  • August 18, 2014
    dvorak
    Cookie Clicker has aliens show up to try your cookies.
  • August 20, 2014
    jayoungr
    Under "Other Consumables":

    Fat Men from Space by Daniel Pinkwater has Earth being invaded by aliens who look like fat men and steal all the junk food on the planet. Pinkwater's plunderers are particularly partial to potato pancakes.
  • August 22, 2014
    BaffleBlend
    Anime and Manga
  • August 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Spice Of Life
  • August 22, 2014
    KZN02
  • August 23, 2014
    SeptimusHeap
    I like Aliens Invade For Sweets, especially if this trope is not about necessary food, but a more optional one.
  • August 24, 2014
    Antigone3
    Sorted the categories, and pulled some more examples over from comments. I also cut two redlinks to a nonexistent "Everything's Better With Chocolate" page.

    I'm willing to take this over if the OP doesn't chime in soon.
  • August 24, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Go ahead and save me from my compulsion, son.
  • August 25, 2014
    Antigone3
    I thought "wants" might be better than "needs" in the title, since it's not like the chocolate (or other snack food) is essential to most of these beings' survival.
  • August 31, 2014
    Antigone3
    I'm on the road this weekend, but I'll launch after the holiday.
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